I've been using my iPad as a cookbook, which it's great for, but keeping it on the countertop has proven problematic due to the various splashes and dustings of flour happening in my kitchen. A few bucks later, I've got a solution.
I was wandering around my local hardware store looking for ideas on what I could use to make a nifty and easy iPad wall mount, when I stumbled upon this heavy-duty plate hanger.
These are normally used to hold decorative plates around people's homes, and this one is good for up to 14kg. The best part is it was a fairly low-risk trial since the entire "Deluxe Plate Hanger Set" can be had for $US2.84.
I got the item home and went to work. The hanger fits my iPad and Apple-branded case nicely. Some work could be done to bend the hooks to an exact fit, but I found that to be unnecessary. This should be safe to use even on your un-cased iPad due to the protective plastic tubes they put over the wire.
Here is what the plate hanger looks like from the back. I'm also working on adding a little bit of coathanger between the two other wire bits for landscape hanging.
The next step was to place the hanger where I wanted to hang my iPad. In my case, on the kitchen cupboard for easy reference while cooking. There is also an outlet directly below this cupboard, so if I keep my iPad plugged in while using it ,the screen will remain on.
Here is the result. My iPad can now easily hang on my cupboard. Even though it's only suspended from one point on the back, it actually feels quite sturdy. I think the matte rubber finish of my iPad case helps keep it from swaying side to side.
One last little tip as far as iPad apps go: I was rooting around in the App Store and found an app called RecipePad. It's a nifty little recipe book app. Not only is it extremely easy on the eyes, but it has some features that make it very useful while cooking, the most notable of which is the ability to clap your hands and have the recipe advance to the next step without even touching your iPad!
Republished from Lifehacker.